Steve Evans doesn't feel Leeds United supporters' criticism has been harsh

Leeds United East Stand

Steve Evans' comments in the media suggesting that Leeds United supporters should get behind Massimo Cellino have been heavily criticised.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he does not think Leeds United’s supporters’ criticism of his latest comments have been harsh.

Evans took a lot of stick when he suggested that Leeds fans needed to get behind Massimo Cellino for the benefit of the team last week.

However, the 53-year-old has moved to justify his reasoning behind these words this afternoon at his press conference.

“No, I don’t think it’s [harsh],” he said, when asked about the criticism he has received.

“I think the fans have been fantastic. All I was doing was offering a reminder. The supporters at Leeds are there for life, and all I was refocusing on was saying that the team needs every bit of vocal help they can get until we can give them more players worthy of their support.

“What I’m saying is that we’re the Leeds United family, we’re in this together, and we should all bleed together.”

Leeds supporters have started to audibly voice their discontent towards owner Cellino’s reign in recent fixtures.

“Time to go Massimo” has been sung regularly at Elland Road this season, while protests have also been organised against the Italian’s ownership.

Sections of the Leeds support could be heard chanting against Cellino’s leadership in the side’s 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic at the weekend, suggesting that Evans’ words had fallen on deaf ears.

Cellino was in attendance at The Valle, and it is said that he remains willing to sell the club, although no deal seems close to going through at the moment.

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